The Rockwell Blade Runner X2 Portable Tabletop Saw is suitable for light duty sawing in metal, tile, wood, plastic and aluminum. The traditional riving knife and guard system allows unlimited capacity for rip and cross cuts. It also includes a safety switch with key that inhibits an accidental start and has an adjustable miter gauge for 0 to 60 degree angle cuts, left or right. It allows the user to free up both hands for precise and good control of the material being cut so you can create an accurate, nice cut without having to control the material with one hand and the saw with the other. The Rockwell Table Saw with Laser is the ideal saw for people who don’t want to deal with any equipment assembly. PORTABILITY: One of the first things that I learned is that you need a really portable saw if you want to increase your productivity. SIMPLE SET UP: Since everything is already integrated, you can already guess that the setting up the Rockwell RK7241S was a breeze.
The laser indicator guide of this Rockwell also adjusts to the actual tilt of the saw’s blade. The unit’s power and its ability to cut wood with extra depth is perhaps its biggest selling point for many customers. This miter saw comes with a trolley stand that is delivered fully assembled so you don’t have to deal with any assembly issues. This jobsite table saw is a powerful, rugged saw designed to outperform most saws on the market.
If you need a table saw that stows and goes, one of these five portable saws could be a great fit. About three paces from where I tested these portable table saws sits my late-model cabinet saw.
No matter the model or price, a table saw should cut a range of material thicknesses and hold its settings accurately. While DeWALT’s DW744X is the only model here without wheels, the saw is otherwise well appointed. Portable table saws enable you to carry out sawing tasks wherever they’re most convenient: on the deck, in the basement or out in the yard. The guard is a clear plastic split configuration that offers good visibility of the cutting area. DeWALT’s soft-start motor was powerful, and feedback circuitry keeps it cutting with consistent torque under load. Changing rip fence settings on the DW744X involves unlocking the fence rails and rolling them in or out on rack-and-pinion gears — the fence moves with the rails. Rockwell is the “freshman” brand among the other longer-standing benchtop power tool companies represented here, and its table saw revealed some “first rodeo” shortcomings. Rockwell’s RK7241S has extra-long rails that provide 30″ of ripping capacity — helpful for splitting full-size sheet goods. Rockwell provides both a splitter and a riving knife to help prevent kickbacks, but the smoky-colored plastic guard isn’t as easy to see through as other clear guards. While the blade tilt scale on this machine is easy to read, the tilt lock lever is small and could be hard to lock or loosen for people with limited hand strength. The RK7241S has two sturdy tubular legsets that fold down and lock, and one becomes a convenient handle for transport. Dust collection is passive on this tool: it simply falls down through a circular grate and into a cinched fabric bag.
It’s easy to raise or lower the saw’s riving knife for making either through or non-through (dadoes, rabbets, etc.) cuts, and blade changes are simple with one wrench and an arbor lock lever — the only saw here that doesn’t make this a two-wrench job. I’m not crazy about one feature, and it’s common to three of these five saws: to tip the blade, you unlock a lever behind the blade height hand wheel, then swing the undercarriage up to the angle you need before re-locking the lever. After a couple of hours of cutting, very little sawdust was left on the floor — it routed neatly through a shroud that surrounds the blade and on into my shop vac. Bosch engineers deserve kudos for the Gravity-Rise stand, and it’s a design some other manufacturers should emulate. These jobsite-ready table saws should have sturdy mobile bases, and Bosch’s Gravity-Rise design is an exceptional example. All in all, Bosch packages convenience, capability and woodworking “chops” into this machine. Setting up or taking down Craftsman’s spring-assisted stand is a six-step process, involving various release latches. Four of these five test saws, including Craftsman, have 2-1?2″-diameter dust ports that enable shop vac-assisted dust collection. At day’s end, I think this little machine is what it is: a portable, light-duty table saw for occasional work. RIDGID provides a robust rip fence with T-slots for featherboards, plus a microadjuster for nudging it to a final setting. I like the saw’s blade height wheel: it has a separate outer geared rim that tips the blade. RIDGID provides geared control on the blade height handwheel for setting and locking bevel angles.


To set up or store RIDGID’s rolling base, step on a foot release and pivot the handles up or down. When I switched blades, I did find the locking lever for the riving knife very stiff … not sure why. Just to let you know, Ive had a rigid table saw for 10 yrs now and I’m still trying to burn out the motor. We have miter saws with lasers, drills with lasers, and even hand saws with lasers, but up until now I have never seen a table saw with a laser. We work closely with the US's largest hardware retailers to provide the largest catalog of power tools online. It is really portable and all components as well as its accessories are already integrated into the saw.
Lugging heavy pieces of equipment from your truck to the work site is tiring and it definitely takes a lot of time.
I personally don’t like assembling stuff; this Rockwell table sawwas sent to me preassembled. All you need to do is to take it out of the box, flip it, bring down the unit’s legs and lock them into place and then you can roll it off to where you need it.
And that’s why we’ve rounded up these five premium portables to pick a “Best Bet” for woodworking. So, after installing a new Freud hi-ATB thin-kerf blade in each saw, I made repeated rip cuts on MDF, resetting the fence each time to check for consistently thick offcuts. It’s got a unique rip fence design: instead of sliding along front and back rails, the fence is fixed to them.
Like Bosch, this saw also has a good vac-assisted dust shroud to help keep your cutting area tidy, plus a cleanout access door. The right half of the rail assembly folds out so the saw can achieve its full 30″ of rip capacity — wider than any other model here — but the fence would not slide smoothly over the rails without catching on the hinge joint.
Still, I do like that Rockwell provides the only full-size handle on its miter gauge; the rest are all stubby and harder to hold. The stand stayed put during heavy ripping operations, and lawnmowerstyle wheels make the tool easy to roll.
I found it to be pretty dim under bright shop lights and not lined up correctly with the blade. I’ve used one several times to build projects for this magazine, including the Serving Tray Cart that appeared in the June issue. It has a clean-out door for when offcuts get stuck or when you drop the arbor nut down inside … and who doesn’t do that now and then? Twist one lever, and the sturdy, steel frame folds up or down fluidly to convert from sawing to transport or storage. It delivered accurate rip cuts, kept its bevel setting for angled ripping and could handle a stacked dado blade without laboring. If you need a saw that’s made for tough, daily use, this model might not be the best choice.
R4510 might not be a saw you want to lift into a truck bed every day, but it’s bound to deliver solid cutting results once you reach your destination.
A large knob and lever lock both the height and bevel settings with little effort — a solid design.
While Bosch’s 4100-09 doesn’t disappoint, and DeWALT has what seems to be a bulletproof portable, I think RIDGID’s R4510 table saw really shines. I must say, I have been using the DeWalt DW744 for a couple years now, predominantly for interior trim work and I kinda hate the thing.
This is the first jobsite table saw from Rockwell and they have packed it full of features and accessories options.
Its functions are pretty basic and it has all the features that you will need to get things started. The only things you need to pull out of the box are the saw itself, the dust bag, and the instruction manual. The only downside that I can find about it is that the saw is out of alignment when it was delivered. Its powerful 3hp motor, spacious cast-iron tabletop and almost hair-splitting precision makes most other saw options pale by comparison.
After that, I raised the blade for more rip cuts on heavy, long planks of 2 x 12 Southern yellow pine, before tipping the blade to bevel-rip 2″-thick poplar.
But you won’t feel that old urge to ditch it, because it functions well without getting in the way.
While the rip fence did maintain its locked settings, it lacks the heft and build quality of the competition.
But, once set up, you have to drag or lift the saw to move it, unlike other portables that keep the wheels on the floor during use. Eight-inch wheels and lugged rubber tires make this base easy to steer overland or pull up steps. At just 23?4″ wide, the saw’s narrow throatplate makes it harder to reach down inside for swapping blades or retrieving a fumbled arbor nut.


And, once the stand is folded down, don’t lift the handles up too far when rolling the saw around, or the stand drags against the floor.
Scales are bright and easy to read, and a full-size miter gauge with a steel bar tops off the goodies. Bevel cuts were smooth, and the blade angle did not change when I powered through the thick poplar test lumber. I resorted to gripping the lever with a pliers to manipulate it, after nicking some skin on the blade teeth.
Its sturdy workaday features, powerful motor and well-designed stand show that portability doesn’t have to mean compromise. It started out great for reasons that you listed, I liked how quiet it is, I love its stand, its accurate and stable.
The laser is designed to make it easier to see exactly where the saw blade will meet the wood, and should really come in handy for getting accurately sized miter cuts. It shouldn’t have been a big deal but there are no instructions on how to realign the blade. The unique laser cut line indicator shows the exact position of the blade so cuts are more precise regardless of the angle.
Then I switched to a 6″ CMT dado set and made a long dado cut in MDF, so I could check for consistent cutting depth — a sign that the undercarriage is stout enough to handle a heavy blade like this. When you are done sawing, you’ll have to lift this wheel-less saw to transport it, and there are contoured grips molded into the table edges to make that easier. So, for my testing purposes I had to set the rip fence askew in order to align it parallel to the blade. Rip cuts were on the mark, thanks to a rugged, beefy fence that stayed parallel to the blade each time I reset it.
Plus, the base’s stance is wide, giving it sure footing if you are pushing long planks or heavy sheet goods through.
I also appreciated the saw’s clear, split guard and a riving knife system that is easy to install and adjust up or down.
While the white-on-black bevel scale display is easy to read, the thin red hairline pointer that marks tilt angles disappears over the top of it; the saw needs a larger, brighter indicator. But, on the softer side, RIDGID provides a nice complement of overmolds on the miter gauge handle and blade height handwheel knob. However, after a few hours or ripping basic hardwoods the rack and pinion fence system binds up to the point of barely any movement from sawdust.
The thought of moving that behemoth down the steps to a basement shop sends chills up my spine.
Overall, my test criteria was stability of the stand, cutting accuracy, reasonable dust collection efficiency and all-around convenience of use.
A red hairline cursor makes fence settings easy to read, and it passed my ripping tests with flying colors. A flip of a red lever underneath unlocks the rails so they slide out and extend ripping capacity up to 25″. There’s a geared mechanism for tilting the blade that engages when you push the blade height wheel in — a good thing — but the bevel lock lever is too short, and I would use care when bearing down on the plastic handle to tighten it. I also found that the stand’s narrow stance and light weight couldn’t prevent it from skittering on the floor as I pushed heavy lumber across the top.
But the tradeoff for the convenience of wheels is that DeWALT can keep this setup even more compact — probably much appreciated by contractors. A word to the wise: weigh the base down for heavy-duty work or for cutting large sheet goods. It’s sturdy, well-balanced and provides a wide stance to keep the saw from shifting or tipping. I also don’t like how tough it is to raise and lower the blade as well as the lack of brake.
No more holding a saw in one hand and your material in the other; the BladeRunner offers fixed blade placement so you have both hands on the material for easier, more precise results. Large wheels and rubber tires roll the machine around easily during transport or just to reposition it when set up. I don’t know of any stationary table saw that sells for less than $700 new these days, and that can empty the coffer of a modest tool budget. The left-most tube is both a working-height handle and side support for balancing extra-long crosscuts. Now there is a saw that allows you to cut wood, metal, PVC pipe, plastic, and ceramic tile just by changing the blade.



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